Blended learning acknowledges that we now live in a digital age and the ways in which we work, socialize and learn are changing. People are now used to receiving a continuous stream of digital information at a fast pace and incorporating it into their daily working and social lives – so why should the classroom be any different?
It is best to think of blended learning as an additional element to the classroom and one which supports existing teaching practices. It combines many of the best elements of face-to-face teaching (personalized learning, social interaction and direct contact with the language) while allowing greater variety and flexibility than a traditional classroom set up, responding to the needs of the modern learner. Using a blended learning approach means that teachers can access online content directly into their classrooms but integrate it so that it forms a cohesive part of a lesson or syllabus, rather than existing separately from what they are teaching.
The flexibility within blended learning comes from the varied ways that online resources can be used. Macmillan English Campus fits perfectly into this flexible philosophy by providing content that is adaptable to any part of a lesson and works alongside existing syllabuses or courses. Macmillan English Campus provides a database of over 5,000 ready-made resources that are easily searchable and can be used whenever you need them. And if you want Macmillan English Campus to provide more structured practice, there are pre-built courses which cover general, business and academic English as well as authentic exam practice material. You can also adapt and personalize these courses to suit your learners’ needs.
The variety and flexibility of blended learning is not confined to the content. It also provides the opportunity for students to learn independently from their teacher and can allow teachers to monitor their students’ progress more closely than traditional methods.
Independent learning is a key ingredient of blended learning, giving learners an added incentive to study remotely and allowing language learning to fit more easily into people’s everyday lives. Macmillan English Campus supports this drive towards independent learning by providing instant feedback to its resources and allowing learners to monitor their own progress remotely. In addition, the varied search options encourage learners to explore and practice resources on their own.
Teachers also have the convenience of a dedicated markbook that makes it quick and easy to monitor their students’ progress – they can check how individual learners or whole classes are performing. This flexible approach allows teachers to analyze more easily where further explanation or practice of a topic area or language point may be required.
Macmillan English Campus allows teachers to integrate online content quickly and easily into their classrooms, providing a highly flexible solution to teachers and students, and gives outstanding customer support and training to get the best out of any blended learning path.